lsc graduate’s career strengthens

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Luke Brown Dancer

London Studio Centre Graduate’s Career Strengthens – Luke Brown is currently enjoying a successful period of choreography work, with several projects supported by Arts Council England.

Having graduated from LSC in 2012, Luke has amassed performance credits including Ben Wright’s bgroup, the English National Opera’s The Perfect AmericanGlassHouseZoieLogic Dance Company and Junk Ensemble in Ireland. He is now exploring his own choreography and creative practice after co-founding 80collective in January 2014 to bring together like-minded dance artists to create new, experimental work. We are delighted to see Luke’s work receiving critical and industry acclaim:

“Luke always approaches his work as a choreographer and an artist with focus and drive. I am particularly interested in his work because of the demands he places on himself to explore new avenues of work, particularly cross-disciplinary collaboration” (Sarah Gregson, Newbury Corn Exchange)

2015 has brought a number of exciting projects and performances. Last month, Luke and 80collective co-ordinated Pitch., a ‘scratch night’ and platform for new and emerging choreographers to present work. As well as hosting the event at South Hill Park, Luke choreographed All Of Us Here for Berkshire County Dance Company Youth and Brakenhale Secondary School, described by reviewers as “a moving and touching piece” and “an important message for our youth successfully delivered”.

Luke is currently an Associate Dance Artist at The Point, Eastleigh. He has also been reworking his previously-choreographed piece, Second Self, with research and development supported by Arts Council England, Swindon Dance and South Hill Park in Bracknell. The work was performed last week as part of Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival, and explores ideas of transformation and hidden personality traits. The piece will also feature in a double bill at South Hill Park on 8 July as part of a double bill, alongside Princess, a new work that Luke is currently researching.

As well as all this to keep him busy, London Studio Centre is delighted that Luke will also be choreographing this term for two upcoming productions: for Kate Mummery’s Moving Words (artsdepot, Thurs 11 June) and, on the recommendation of LSC’s Head of Contemporary Dance Sue Booker, for Dance Overture 2015 (New Wimbledon Theatre, 10-12 July). We are excited to see our students perform the work of one of our graduates in an exciting phase of his choreographing career.

LSC’s Senior Lecturer and Head of Learning and Teaching, Dr Lise Uytterhoeven, has been acting as mentor for Luke’s recent work. At the Society of Dance History Scholars (SDHS) conference in Athens last week – entitled Cut & Paste: Dance Advocacy in the Age of Austerity and exploring how the global economy impacts on dance production and aesthetics – Lise presented a paper on the work of Luke and 80collective. While they have recently been awarded ACE funding, 80collective was originally founded without access to this support. Lise discussed the strategies they employed to bring their wok to audiences and ensure continued development in a climate of austerity, such as establishing productive partnerships and creating online buzz. The paper also looked at how Luke articulates and reimagines transactions in his work, and performer-spectator relationships. Lise was also invited to participate in a public debate on ‘Human Economies: Performing Possibilities’ as part of the conference.

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